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JESSE LACEY, KEVIN DEVINE, BRIAN BONZ
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) When fronting the sadly underappreciated Brand New, Jesse Lacey is a puffed-chested alpha male, sort of like the Greg Dulli of the emo set. The comparisons continue since the two share an onstage brazen demeanor and the rare ability to be somewhat charming and repulsive at the same time. As a solo performer, Lacey swaps the rock star ambitions for a more subtle approach. Like the cooler old brother you never had, he shows off his range as a music connoisseur, as he (most likely) introduces wide-eyed seas of teenagers to their first earfuls of Neutral Milk Hotel (he covers both "Oh Comely" and "Two-Headed Boy") and Leonard Cohen ("Chelsea Hotel")-proof that not every guyliner-sporting kid these days is going to be corrupted by the Pete Wentzes of this world. As long as there is a Jesse Lacey, there is hope. EAC

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Jesse Lacey - Oh Comely (live on fnxradio.com)